envisage

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See also: envisagé

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French envisager, from en (in) + visage (visage); see English visage.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛnˈvɪzɪdʒ/, /ɪnˈvɪzɪdʒ/
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Verb[edit]

envisage (third-person singular simple present envisages, present participle envisaging, simple past and past participle envisaged)

  1. To conceive or see something within one's mind; to imagine or envision.
    • 1860, James McCosh, The Intuitions of the Mind Inductively Investigated
      From the very dawn of existence the infant must envisage self, and body acting on self.
    • 1964 April, G. Freeman Allen, “The BRB shows traders the Liner train prototypes”, in Modern Railways, page 262:
      The prototype Liner train vehicles on show at Marylebone were not of the ultimate pattern either, for their wagon platform length is 42½ft, whereas 62½ft as envisaged as standard.
    • 2020 April 8, Howard Johnston, “East-ended? When the ECML was at risk”, in Rail, page 69:
      Cambridge-St Ives was another 1970 victim. Who would have envisaged that £200m would ever be spent on this rural branch to convert it into a guided busway?

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Verb[edit]

envisage

  1. inflection of envisager:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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